Lover of nature, Christmas, and chocolate, Ashley Dueck is one of a kind! As the Director of Systems and Communications at Power To Be, Ashley is always at the top of her game to ensure that any idea big or small is brought to life.
I love Playdough. It's soft and squishy, comes in every colour imaginable, and meets all my sensory needs whether as a creative activity or as fidget toy for stress relief. For kids and adults alike – it's just fun! And the best part? It is super easy to make with familiar ingredients from our kitchen cupboards.
Looking to host a virtual activity where people feel engaged, and are having fun beyond staring at a computer? Power To Be turned to our friend Bob Ross for inspiration and combined creativity, with nature (our favorite), and space for lots of laughs in our very own Bob Ross Paint Night. What better way to spend an evening than building some happy little clouds and happy little trees!
Kaelan is a practicum student with our Vancouver Program Team from the Outdoor Recreation Management Program at Capilano University. He is a passionate outdoor guide who believes that nature is a place for people to explore their full potential. Kaelan has a natural ability to connect with participants and always contributes great conversation and participant-centered support while out on program.
As we near the holiday season and start to engage in our traditions it's always fun to find out how other people celebrate this time of year. Being an immigrant myself, I have always been curious of other people's traditions around the end of the year and what it means for our Power To Be Community. I started asking around and of course realized there is so many ways to celebrate and show gratitude.
As the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, it is a great time to cozy up with a good book. If you are looking for your next literary escape, or for some gift ideas, we have the list for you! Here is a selection of the favourite books of Power To Be staff from the past year.
Michelle Zimmer, one of Power To Be's amazing Program Facilitators, recently had a chance to join the Epic Exeo team to participate in a remote helicopter beach clean-up on Vancouver Islands West Coast. In 24 hours the crew managed to collect 26 full helicopter bags and many more lines with buoys and larger items tied to them totaling 8,000lbs.
This vegan banana bread always seems to turn out and is often a crowd-pleaser. Not too sweet, very moist, and all in all pretty healthy. You can mix all the ingredients in one bowl and it should only take about 15 minutes before it’s ready to pop in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for the loaf to cook and cool before you eat it!
As the rainy season starts to emerge between the beautiful colours of the fall leaves, so do most people’s instinct to spend more time indoors. Nature brought our house solace during this unpredictable year, and with that I’m conscious to continue to embrace nature through the rainy months. If you also want to continue nature exploration during the rain this season, here are some fun ideas to do with your kids or on your own!
Glenn always approaches programs with a smile, a calm presence, and a willingness to help in whatever way is needed. Seemingly effortlessly, Glenn provides a safe space where everyone feels welcome to learn and ask questions. When Glenn isn’t volunteering for Power To Be, he spends a lot of his time in the outdoors, as well as creating some really cool furniture in his woodworking shop.